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Anura (Frogs)

  1. Harold A Dundee

Published Online: 30 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001537



How to Cite

Dundee, H. A. 2001. Anura (Frogs). eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Tulane University Museum of Natural History, Belle Chasse, Louisiana, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAY 2001


The order Anura is a widespread group of over 4000 species of frogs and toads, forming part of the class Amphibia. Adult anurans have a short vertebral column, no tail, stout forelimbs and long, webbed hindlimbs used for swimming and leaping. Most species have an aquatic larval stage, the tadpole.


  • breathing;
  • classification;
  • conservation;
  • development;
  • diet;
  • ecology;
  • enemies;
  • life cycle;
  • habitats;
  • metamorphosis;
  • reproduction;
  • skeletal structure;
  • value